The road less travelled

We’ve been all about the alternatives this month, with guests who are championing new ideas in food

We kicked off May by continuing our scrutiny of the nation’s kitchen cupboards. The annual Great British Chefs Survey revealed some interesting facts about the UK’s food habits, so we invited renowned nutritionist Charlie Parker to give her view on current trends.

Of all the different trade fairs you might go to, nothing beats a food showcase. But if your business is on display, how do you make the most of exhibition exposure?

In our May 9 show, we invited Soraya Gadelrab from Fresh Montgomery – organiser of the International Food and Drink Event (IFE), to name just one – to give us her top tips on how to stand out from the crowd. If you’re planning to spend your hard-earned cash on a stand anytime soon, this is essential listening.

We’re talking alternatives in the May 16 episode, which is very apt as Sue has a special guest presenter, spice supremo Hari Ghotra, for the next few shows. Together, they find out why plant-based diets are gaining such momentum among consumers, with expert input from Vishal Madhu from Qwrkee, who claims to have created the world’s first probiotic snack.

Plus, Peter Ahye pops in to tempt the team with his delicious dairy and gluten-free puddings, which are certified vegan and vegetarian.

It’s girls only during the May 23 podcast, when Sue and Hari are joined by two highly impressive female foodie figures. Described as the “Spice Queen”, Kumud Gandhi founded The Cooking Academy to spread her love of the alchemy of food and get more people into the kitchen.

If you want to know how to become an (almost) overnight success, Olivia Wollenberg’s story is certainly inspiring. How did she launch Livia’s Kitchen into Selfridges just 11 weeks after coming up with a business idea? Listen again to find out!

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